As the weather gets warmer, household pests emerge from hibernation and start to seek out new homes and sources of food. These pests can negatively impact the quality of your house and even potentially cause damages that require costly repairs. If you have a problem with pests that are relatively easy to take care of, there are some DIY methods that are fairly cost efficient and simple to do. Nobody wants to open their doors for pesky critters, so taking steps to prevent their initial entry is vital. Here are some tips that can help you get started getting rid of pests.
Termites are some of the worst insects that can invade your home. Termites burrow into wood that is either in or around your house, or even the wood that makes up the actual foundation and structure of your home. If left unattended, termites can end up causing you hundreds of dollars in repairs or can even eventually condemn your home by compromising essential wooden beams and structures. There are chemically based termites control methods, however non-chemical termites control methods are much cheaper. To make it more difficult for termites to enter your home, put a layer of sand around the perimeter of your foundation. Termites have a hard time moving through sand or dry, loose soil. Apply pesticides around your foundation and any entry points that termites may come in from. Place a mesh, metal screen over entry ways as well so that termites are unable to fly in and burrow their way into your home’s structure.
Rodents are relatively easier to deal with as they are much simpler to identify and locate. Rodents mainly get into your home through cracks in the wall and through access points around your foundation that lead into your basement. Make sure that you have no food out in the open so that mice or rats aren’t tempted to come in and help themselves to your pantry. Put any dog food that you may have in a Tupperware container with a sealable lid. Make sure that any cracks in your walls are patched and that the perimeter of your home is protected with pesticides.